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Pro Bowl or Not, Packers' David Bakhtiari Has Been Amongst the Elite

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Pro Bowl or Not, Packers' David Bakhtiari Has Been Amongst the Elite

There might need to be a few absences for Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari to see the field at this year's Pro Bowl, but that shouldn't have been the case.

Bakhtiari was one of the Packers' seven alternates acknowledged for an appearance in the annual game, however, not with a true nomination. It won't go on his resume or anything of the sort unless he actually plays in the game, and since he isn't a first alternate, there's a slim chance of that happening.

The only first alternates for Green Bay were defensive tackle Mike Daniels and fullback Aaron Ripkowski. It was the first time since 2005 that the Packers didn't have any players selected to the Pro Bowl.

Despite what many would call a "snub," Bakhtiari would likely shrug off the concept of not being chosen with his sights set on something bigger had the Packers made the playoffs. Like last year, he was selected as an alternate and was also named as a Second-team All-Pro.

More than likely the reason behind not being chosen this year is the fact that he missed four games - so far - with a hamstring injury early in the season. Even so, the three offensive tackles chosen to anchor the NFC's offensive line haven't played every single game this season either.

Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams only played in 10 games, the same as Bakhtiari. Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson played in 13 and Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys played in 12. To discredit Bakhtiari's play simply due to the fact that he "missed four games" could easily be applied to those who earned selections over him.

"David Bakhtiari clearly had a Pro Bowl season," said coach Mike McCarthy on Thursday. "We understand how the voting goes. I don't want to discredit any player around the league, but David Bakhtiari is a Pro Bowl player in my view.

"His video and what he's put on film illustrates that."

Bakhtiari was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded offensive tackle through 14 games this season, and while grades aren't an indicator of player talent, there are other outlets that evidently recognize the difference Bakhtiari makes when he's protecting the blindside of whoever is under center in Green Bay.

"I thought he had a heck of a year. He missed a few games, fought back, didn't get through the last Minnesota game but came back the week after. I thought he had a really good year."

Sam Monson of PFF also noted that Bakhtiari has allowed just six total pressures in the 10 games this season. 

"Say that again slowly to yourself because it's not like he's had a quarterback getting rid of the ball as quick as possible to manufacture that number," Monson wrote. "There are tackles in the league who have surrendered 77 total pressures over the season, while Bakhtiari has allowed a little more than half a pressure per game."

Bakhtiari, drafted by the Packers in 2013, signed a four-year contract extension with the team early last season for $48 million, keeping him in Green Bay through the 2020 season.

There's a possibility that Bakhtiari could be named an All-Pro by season's end with a single Pro Bowl under his belt, something he thinks would be "pretty funny."

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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rdent's picture

The Pro Bowl game has become nothing but a meaningless exhibition. Many players selected don't show up anyway. I haven't watched it since the early 70's

Turophile's picture

Yep, no relevance. Young players ignored, while some of the older players selected are a joke (Remember Jeff Saturday getting in the pro-bowl the year he played for the Packers), getting in based on how they performed several years ago.

I'd like to see the whole thing shelved as no longer relevant (if it ever was) ...............but if it is still making money, I guess it will limp on.

Nick Perry's picture

The Pro Bowl in nothing more than a popularity contest. So Bakhtiari was snubbed. I think that shows JUST HOW BAD the rest of this Packers team was this season. The O-Line will give up over 50 or 60 sacks by the end of the year. They don't care if Bakhtiari was his usual dominant self when they others all struggled for some or most of the season.

croatpackfan's picture

Nick, spit out that bitterness... I mean serious. I'm sorry to read so many bitterness in every of your posts. You used to be nice guy, now you are on the edge of explosion. I ask you that for your sake...

Razer's picture

I could care less about our players making the pro bowl. As for Bakhtiari being snubbed, I don't see it. He missed 4 games and had some rough games on return. Is he good - yes, did he have a dominant year - meh. So what is to cry about. Celebrate his and our success and ignore the NFL marketing. We know what Bak means to this team and we are glad to have him - who cares what fans in Dallas or New England think.

Handsback's picture

This is so true. He's one of the few bright spots on the oline. Need three more just like him.

Qoojo's picture

Maybe if he had more commercials with Rodgers he would have been popular enough to make it. It clearly isn't based on performance solely.

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